From the Pastor
The corona virus pandemic has shaken the Christian Church, like no other recent event. Churches around the world have closed in fear members will be infected by the deadly virus. These are unpredictable and unstable times.
Yet even as we remain quarantined, scientists are racing to create tests, vaccinations, and treatments to prevent and cure the illness. We pray their speedy success.
As you are well aware, All Saints Lutheran Church has responded with an abundance of caution to the pandemic. But we believe we shall gather again and continue our ministry together.
I am always forward looking. All Saints Lutheran Church will survive the pandemic, but what then.
We know this congregation has a wonderful facility, great location, sufficient financial resources, and a dedicated membership. We have all the right resources to emerge from the pandemic and embrace the future together.
Roger Oliver reminded me the other day that the congregation must address stewardship issues. That is certainly true. I encourage you to maintain your financial support of our ministry.
This year I want to suggest our members look beyond immediate needs and envision the future of the congregation. I will recommend to the church council to appoint a long-range planning committee to set goals for the next ten years.
When the stewardship drive comes, I hope a long-range planning committee will lay out a one-year, five-year, and ten-year plan for the development of the congregation’s life.
The times may be dark now, but we have a bright future and many God given gifts. May our stewardship lay the foundation for good works accomplished by our vision and work.
Pastor Richard Pokora
A letter from the President
All Saints Lutheran Church
5002 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport, Iowa 52807
igniting passion for Jesus,
transforming our neighborhoods with hope and love
30 April 2020
Dear Members of All Saints,
We have had a few inquiries as to when we will resume our “in person” worship services.
After a conversation with Pastor Pokora, it is our feeling that we will continue to have our online services at least for a few more weeks, continue to monitor the situation, and base our decision on the wider church. Despite Governor Kim Reynolds’ easing restrictions on religious gatherings, it has not been in all counties in Iowa. Scott County remains a “hot spot” for the virus. While we are anxious to get back to normal, our top priority is keeping our members safe and healthy.
We are called to love our neighbor, and that love comes by remaining physically apart.
Julie Schoville, Council President
From the President: Thank you for your continued support through this crazy Covid-19 Pandemic. The mail is being picked up daily and we appreciate your monetary support to keep the bills current. You may send your offerings to the church (5002 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport, IA 52807). Stay safe and healthy. Looking forward to seeing everyone in person when this is said and done.
A big thank you to Pastor Rich and Gwen for keeping the mid-week and Sunday services going online. To Matt, Kristen and Rhaena for the beautiful online music, to Matt for “connecting” us, and to Bonnie, Anne and the food pantry team for being on the “front line” to serve our community. Your All Saints community appreciates it!
Important Upcoming Dates (dates are subject to change due to Covid-19)
Forum: The forum that was scheduled for Sunday, March 22 will take place later, date still to be determined. At the forum titled “Vision for the Future” we will discuss what lies ahead for All Saints Lutheran Church.
Semi-Annual Congregation Meeting (Note date change): The semi-annual congregation meeting will be Sunday, July 12, 2020.
Last Day of children’s Sunday school: Sunday, May 17 will be the last day of children’s Sunday school for the 2019-2020 school year.
Worship Time Change: Worship will begin at 10:00 am when we are able to worship together in the building again.
Congratulations to Kirk and Lynn Johnson who were married Saturday, April 25, 2020.
Food Pantry and Clothing Closet: The food pantry will remain open, but we will give guests their box outside. The food pantry continues to be extremely busy. Thank you to all who continue to volunteer their time for this ministry. The clothing closet will be closed until further notice.
Garden Update: Roger as well as others have been busy preparing the garden this spring. The fence has been expanded and straw has been purchases to help with weed control.
Roger and Juli, volunteer in the garden, are asking for large rectangular planters (totes) to use in the garden. They do not have to be new or in great condition. If you have some sitting around you are not using and are willing to donate them to the garden at All Saints Lutheran Church, contact Roger (563.343.1886) or leave them between the church building and the shed. Thank you!